BERLIN (Mar. 31)
Preparing itself “economically and militaristically” for war, the German Government today issued an order prohibiting Jews of military age from emigrating without obtaining special emigration permits from both the military and civil authorities, although Jews are barred from the army.
Simultaneously new anti-Jewish measures were announced, prohibiting Jews from leasing drugstores, ousting Jewish pharmacists from the Druggists’ Association and providing that when a Jewish druggist with a permanent license dies, his widow must lease his license to an “Aryan.”
Another official announcement stated that the problem of eliminating the “Jewish influence” from German jurisprudence will be taken up at a special conference of the Nazi High Court some time in the Fall.
Meanwhile, Fuehrer Hitler, evidently anticipating that the anti-Nazi boycott might be expanded by European powers into complete isolation of the Reich through economic sanctions for his repudiation of the Locarno treaties, was quoted by Herr Keppler, his personal adviser on economics, as declaring that the German people need not worry if sanctions are proclaimed.
“We do not want economic isolation,” Keppler asserted in Hitler’s Voelkischer Beobachter, chief Nazi Party organ. “If, however, we are compelled to face such isolation, there is no reason to worry about the future.”
This optimism was explained by the claim that Germany can now produce synthetic goods.
The decree on Jews of military age followed a Government order stating that although Jews are barred from the Reichswehr in peacetime, they will be drafted in case of war and assigned under present military regulations to “Military Reserve No. 2.”
While young Jews are restricted in emigration, the Government has given Jewish veterans of the World War permission to leave the country after the Jewish War Veterans’ Association had notified the Government that the Jewish Ex-serviceman’s League of England had offered to aid Jewish veterans in emigrating from the Reich.